10 observations from Day 4 of Texans camp

10 observations from Day 4 of Texans camp
July 29, 2014, 12:45 pm
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The Texans were in pads for the second straight day on Tuesday. They have one more day before a day off.

Here are 10 observations from Tuesday morning's practice:

1. While some of the lesser-known receivers have been impressive, the defense won Tuesday. It looked that way overall and Bill O’Brien agreed. Maybe it wasn’t as much the defense winning as it was the offense losing.

2. The team was installing new situational football on Tuesday and things got sloppy. There were fumbles and line-of-scrimmage penalties and missed assignments. That stuff has to drive O’Brien crazy.

3. Dennis Johnson continues to baffle me. He takes steps forward, then takes steps back. At times, he’ll show a quick burst or cut and looks like he has some potential, then on the next play fumbles the ball away or drops a pass. If he has any chance of making this or any other NFL roster, he needs to find consistency.

4. Two days into pads, Jadeveon Clowney is showing that he can be a dominant player in his rookie season. During 1-on-1 drills, he got to show off against some tight ends. Poor undrafted tight end Anthony Denham from Utah didn’t stand a chance. Clowney drove him back about 10 yards.

5. Clowney found a much more formidable opponent in third-round pick C.J. Fiedorowicz, who is built like a house. Fiedorowicz held his own against the top pick in the draft and continues to show how powerful he is.

6. On a deep pass, second-year corner A.J. Bouye pretty clearly interfered with DeVier Posey to break up the completion. Posey looked around for the non-existent official and motioned for the ghost to throw the flag. Meanwhile, Bouye and the rest of the defensive backs celebrated. That scenario happens a lot.

7. Jerrell Powe is big but he’s not just a flabby pile of goo out there. He’s really powerful and with every day that rookie Louis Nix III isn’t practicing (he’s on Active/PUP), it looks more likely that Powe will be the team’s starting nose tackle.

8. In the backup running back battle, Andre Brown fumbled and didn’t have a very good day, while Alfred Blue continues to show that he’s a pretty good runner. What we still need to see is both of those players in pass protection. Brown, as a veteran, probably has an advantage there, which is important.

9. NFL Network’s Willie McGinest was at practice on Tuesday. McGinest spent some time watching the linebackers work. During the spring, he even helped coach a little bit. Just before practice wrapped up, O’Brien walked over to chat with him.

10. D.J. Swearinger continues to be one of the most fun players to watch on the field. He’s not great in coverage (not at all) but he picked off a bad pass on Tuesday and took it the other way. But before he ran down the field, he made sure to give a quick glance back to the intended receiver. Swagg all the way.

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